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Coca Cola Student Sustainability Grant Winners

The Office of Student Life is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Coca-Cola Student Sustainability Grants. These student-led initiatives support Ohio State's commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, conserve resources and promote sustainability. The award, funded by Ohio State's partnership with Coca-Cola, provides seed funding to undergraduate, graduate and professional students and student groups for projects that directly contribute to reducing environmental impacts on campus. 

"The awarded projects bring sustainability themes to the attention of the student community in very practical, accessible and visible ways. The projects demonstrate the variety of issues included within the realm of sustainability, including agriculture, electronic waste, invasive plant removal and alternative transportation and biking," said Carlos Lugo, Student Life's sustainability program manager. "The winning teams are responsible for all aspects of their project. So they get real-world experience with everything that is involved in getting the project done and working with multiple constituencies."

Here are the projects and the grant money they will receive:

Recycling electronic equipment (OSU e-waste Takeback Program):  When students purchase new electronics, they need a responsible and sustainable way to dispose of the old or broken devices. This $550 grant will help set up a pilot program in certain residence halls to provide collection bins for recycling. The students involved are Alifia Merchant, Shane Ingalls, and Richard Makiuchi.

Comprehensive Bicycle Route Map: Bicycle/pedestrian/motorist safety is a high priority at Ohio State through the work of the Transportation Safety Task Force. A $3,751 grant will support that effort by creating a comprehensive bicycle route map to inform cyclists of the most safe and efficient routes on and around campus. The map will be based on traffic data, including existing information available through the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and data collected specifically for this project. The students involved are Ian Peters, Joseph Hunt, Adam Luke, and Alex Pore.

Invasive Plants Species Management Course:  The Olentangy River restoration project is underway with the removal of the 5th Avenue Dam, but invasive plant species could pose a threat to the effort. $10,672 will go toward a special "living laboratory" interdisciplinary course in the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences to provide research and education as a way to promote greater understanding of invasive species and improve the chances of success of the Olentangy River project. The students involved are Mike Marshall, Claire Sutton, Nick Baiamonte, and Cameron Bushong.

Farm Smart: The Student Farmers Coalition will receive $6,200 to establish "Farm Smart," a sustainable-agriculture station at the university's Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. Features will include rainwater catchment, vermicompost, aquaponic farming, a perennial fruit and nut orchard, and intensive vegetable growing. Students involved are Henry Peller, Patrick Turner, Logan Walter, and Tyler Smith.  






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